- Format: Paperback
- No of Pages: 104
- Publisher: Laurence King
- Release Date: 13 March 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9781780679532
- Size: 23 x 0.1 x 18 cm
The Flower Year is the second colouring book by Leila Duly, following up on the success of the beautiful Floribunda. Again this features Leila’s stunning drawings of birds, insects, woodland animals and of course her beautiful flowers.
The book is hard-backed with a beautiful pale pink cover and the pages are a beautiful creamy colour and lovely smooth quality. The pages are double-sided so it is not suitable for alcohol markers, but the designs are so delicate I don’t think most would want to use them on these illustrations anyway. The book was smaller than I imagined it to be at just 23cm x 18cm so it a lot smaller than Floribunda but it is also smaller than other hardback colouring books like those by Hanna Karlzon, Klara Markova and Maria Trolle which was what I imagined it to be. Some of the pictures are very detailed and a few may prove a little difficult to colour as some of the details are very small, luckily for the majority the size means that the illustrations are less daunting to colour.
The inside covers of the book are a beautiful green paper and there is also a ribbon bookmark. The format of the book is that it is broken down by month and the illustrations for each show what plants and flowers are in bloom in that particular month. Drawings of individual flowers are named and it is very reminiscent of “A Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady” by Edith Holden on these pages in particular. There is also the occasional rabbit, bird or butterfly amongst the flowers.
It is a beautiful book and will probably appeal most as a colouring book to more experienced colourists; however it is such a beautiful book this would be a lovely book just to own and look through as a coffee table book. There are a lot of illustrations in this book and it will take a time to colour, but I do hope someone colours it from start to finish as it really will look spectacular.
I was kindly sent a copy by the publisher. All comments expressed are my own honest opinion and are not influenced by this fact.